New York Yankees versus Oakland A’s (August 22)
The Yankees look to bounce back after losing three of their last five games as they take on the A’s, second in the American League West. Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to pitch for the Yankees and Tanner Roark is set to take the mound to start for the A’s.
Offensively, the Yankees have hit 229 home runs and average nearly six runs per game, but have averaged only four over their last five. DJ LeMahieu leads in hitting at .338 with 21 home runs and 86 RBI. Gleyber Torres leads in home runs with 29 and Gary Sanchez has added 28.
The Yankees feature a balanced attack with 11 players in double-digits in home runs.
The A’s have knocked 198 balls into the seats for home runs and average five runs per game. Matt Chapman and Matt Olson are the top power sources with 29 and 26 home runs, respectively. Marcus Semien and Ramon Laureano complete the quad with 20 or more home runs.
As a team, the A’s have 10 players with at least ten home runs.
Masahiro Tanaka has been prone to the long ball, allowing 24 in 144 innings, contributing highly to his 4.56 ERA. Luis Cessa has logged 64 innings out of the bullpen for the Yankees with a 4.36 ERA. The trio of Zach Britton, Adam Ottavino and Aroldis Chapman have been extremely effective, posting a combined ERA of 2.08 in 155 1/3 innings.
As a team, the Yankees have allowed 4.8 runs per game.
Tanner Roark is making his fourth start with the A’s. Overall, he has a 7-8 record with 124 strikeouts and 16 home runs allowed in 128 innings. Joakim Soira has struggled out of the bullpen, posting an ERA nearly five in 57 1/3 innings. However, the duo of Liam Hendricks and Yusmiero Petit have added stability with a combined ERA of 2.01 in 130 innings.
As a unit the A’s have given up 4.2 runs per game.
The key to the scoring output will be how well the starters keep the ball in the park. Roark has the advantage here and Oakland is a pitcher’s park. Combine that with the Yankees recent offensive struggles and this looks like a lower scoring game.
Give the A’s an advantage at home and look for a 4-3 or 5-3 win.